SRINAGAR (Reuters) – Indian security forces kept disputed Kashmir’s biggest city of Srinagar largely locked down on Monday, the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, to prevent any major protests against a decision that scrapped the Himalayan region’s special rights.
Frustration is growing in Muslim-majority Kashmir, part of which is also claimed by Pakistan, over India’s move last week to curtail autonomy for the state of Jammu and Kashmir, including a bar on non-residents buying property.
Hundreds - People - Slogans - Streets - Prayers
Hundreds of people shouting anti-India slogans spilled on to the streets following prayers in the neighborhood of Soura, the site of a big demonstration on Friday, but authorities largely sealed off the area and kept the protest localized.
“We want freedom, we are neither a part of India, nor Pakistan,” said Asifa, an 18-year-old woman who was among those protesting after prayers at the shrine of Jinab Sahib in Soura.
Modi - People - Removal - Status - Kashmir
“Modi is lying to his people that the removal of special status of Kashmir is good for us,” she said. “We will resist it till our last breath.”
The voices of protesters chanting anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans grew louder as the sound of helicopters swelled overhead, among at least three of the aircraft that hovered over Srinagar to keep vigil.
Eyewitnesses - Incidents - Stone - Pelting - Security
Eyewitnesses reported sporadic incidents of stone pelting of security forces on Sunday and Monday morning.
“There have been some isolated incidents of stone-pelting,” the Home Ministry said in a statement, but added they were of an “insignificant level”.
Reuters - Reporters - People - Roadblocks - Parts
Reuters reporters were among the many people stopped at roadblocks and kept from entering parts of the city on Sunday.
“In Srinagar, keeping in view the possibility of terrorists, militants and mischievous elements trying to disturb public order and peace, reasonable restrictions were imposed on large gatherings in sensitive areas,” the ministry added.
People - Mosques - Numbers - Monday - Media
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